This question places O earlier than M, and then asks who can be fifth. To answer this, we’ll have to build on our setup scenarios. Here are the scenarios for reference:
This question is asking who can be fifth. In scenario 2, we can see that:
- O must be before M
- M is fifth
So, M can be the fifth performer and we can safely eliminate B. We’ll also have to concentrate on scenario 1 for the other answers.
In scenario 1, M is third. So, to place O earlier than M, we have to place O second. And, thanks to rule 3, that means we also must place L fourth: L and O must be one space away from each other:
Only T, N and S are left to place. They can go in any order, since we’ve already obeyed all their rules.
A is CORRECT. L can’t be fifth in either scenario. As we saw just above, in scenario 1, L has to be fourth, in order to be two spaces away from O. (And in scenario 2, M if 5th, so L isn’t.).
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